Newcastle is a pretty darn stunning place to be a student.

With so many gorgeous sights and sounds for Newcastle University and Northumbria University students to experience, you almost don’t need anything other than sightseeing to occupy your time during the days.

But after you’ve graduated, you’d have to be mad to pass up the opportunity for a night out on the Toon. And to make sure your special night has a little more excitement to it than your average, we’ve compiled this list of the best hidden bars to celebrate your graduation in Newcastle.

Mr Lynch


Credit: Mr Lynch
Archbold Terrace, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1DB

Mr Lynch is one of your classic speakeasy-style bars, featuring some seriously cool decor and warm, low lighting to give the impression that you really are a member of a very exclusive club. With the amazing and varied events it’s constantly putting on, Mr Lynch is a great place for all occasions.

No. 28

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27-29 Nelson Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 5AN

No. 28 has won numerous awards for its refined selection of amazing cocktails and its wonderful decor and atmosphere, meaning it’s a hidden gem you’ll have been unbelievably glad to have discovered.

Tiger Hornsby

tiger-hornsbyCredit: Tiger Hornsby
Quayside, 8-10 Close, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RE

Well this is definitely one to take the parents to. Tiger Hornsby is impeccably elegant when you’re inside, with some incredible decor making it the perfect venue for dancing the night away or trying out its extensive list of delicious cocktails.


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1 Boyd Street, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AP

Hidden under a bridge on Boyd Street, Ernest boasts a supremely cool exterior with an enormous mural of Darth Vader posing as a waiter emblazoned on its walls. What better way to herald your arrival at Ernest, with its massive selection of high-quality food and drinks to enjoy?

Tokyo Bar

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17 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 1SE

You and your family won’t even have to stray far from the train station to get to Tokyo Bar, but you might have to squint a bit to find it. Hidden on Westgate Road, upon entering Tokyo Bar you’ll be greeted with a small, elegant bar which belies the enormous, three-storey heaven which awaits you inside the bar proper.

But first…

When your parents are up visiting you and cheering you on on graduation day, you’re going to need to go for a suitably amazing meal to honour your amazing day. Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill Newcastle treats guests to signature steaks, timeless English and French classics, and a comprehensive selection of premium cocktails, all delivered with Marco’s unique flair. Located at Hotel Indigo on Fenkle Street, it is Marco’s only restaurant in the North East and is hugely popular with the region’s foodies and diners.

The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and features a range of regionally inspired daily specials. To suit all tastes, it typically includes a mix of childhood favourites and modern-day delicacies – ranging from the Classic 1970’s Prawn Cocktail and The Governor’s Steak and Ale Pie, to Baked Camembert and a selection of 35-day aged native breed steaks. Marco’s ethos is all about classic dishes, simply cooked using the best locally sourced ingredients.

The restaurant can cater up to 100 guests, with semi-private dining available for numbers of up to 50. It offers its customers an ultra-modern dining experience, with the menu boasting a range of tastes, textures and flavours and an incredible wine and cocktail list.

The restaurant is less than one mile from the Metro Radio Arena and has car parking spaces based on-site.

Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill

2-8 Fenkle Street

Newcastle upon Tyne

Tyne & Wear